Burien Forward Together

Updated December 17, 2020

Our entire community has made tremendous sacrifices in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While we all may feel fatigued and worried about what the future will bring, if we work together, we can protect our community’s health and help our local economy continue to reopen.

The City of Burien is here to help our community make it through the COVID-19 pandemic, Burien businesses reopen safely, and to provide relevant, timely, and helpful resources to support local economic recovery efforts. The City is actively working with regional agencies and organizations to provide resources and support.

How the City of Burien is Supporting our Community

The City of Burien is doing the following for our local businesses:

  • Advocating for Burien businesses with King County and the State of Washington for resources and inclusion on recovery planning efforts.
  • Initiating a Small Business Relief and Recovery Grant Program for businesses left out of federal programs.
  • Adjusting permit requirements for outdoor dining and waiving permit fees for restaurants.
  • Deferring B&O tax payments to offer flexibility to businesses managing their finances during this crisis
  • Sharing available grant and loan opportunities, industry guidelines provided by the state and reopening strategies, access to free PPE and connecting to partner organizations for support and guidance through our website, social media, and email newsletters.

We are supporting our local community by:

  • Funding community organizations to support community members seeking rent assistance, food assistance, and other essential needs.
  • Support for the statewide eviction moratorium.
  • Public restrooms and wash stations for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Virtual recreation programs and virtual events to support physical and mental well-being.
  • Maintaining parks for healthy outdoor recreation.
  • Sharing resources and information through our website, social media, and email newsletters.
  • Advocating for policies and funding that can help our most vulnerable community members.
  • Continuing to provide essential government services online or using safe public health standards.

City of Burien’s Plans for Reopening

The City of Burien is following the requirements spelled out in Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Plan. City services, programs, and facilities will reopen following a phased approach based on the Governor’s Safe Start plan. King County, with the state Department of Health’s approval, is the agency with legal authority to direct reopening.

Download the City of Burien's Phased Reopening Plan: 

You Can Help Move Burien Forward

By continuing to practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more, minimizing contact with others outside the home, frequent hand washing or use of sanitizer, use of cloth face coverings in public, and avoiding group gatherings and poorly ventilated spaces, we can reduce the number of people contracting the virus in Burien. It requires collective effort to keep our neighbors safe and help our local economy reopen. You can help by:

Questions or concerns? Please reach out to us at communications@burienwa.gov.